high
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hēah; akin to Old High German hōh high, Lithuanian kaukaras hill Date: before 12th century 1. a. having large extension upward ; taller than average, usual, or expected <
a high wall
>
b. having a specified elevation ; tall <
six feet high
>
— often used in combinations <
sky-high
>
<
waist-high
>
c. situated or passing above the normal level, surface, base of measurement, or elevation <
the high desert
>
2. a. (1) advanced toward the acme or culmination <
high summer
>
(2) advanced toward the most active or culminating period <
on the Riviera during high season
>
(3) constituting the late, most fully developed, or most creative stage or period <
high Gothic
>
(4) advanced in complexity, development, or elaboration <
the higher primates including humans
>
<
higher mathematics
>
b. verging on lateness — usually used in the phrase high time c. long past ; remote <
high antiquity
>
3. elevated in pitch <
a high note
>
4. relatively far from the equator <
high latitude
>
5. rich in quality ; luxurious <
high living
>
6. slightly tainted <
high game
>
; also malodorous <
smelled rather high
>
7. exalted in character ; noble <
high purposes
>
8. of greater degree, amount, cost, value, or content than average, usual, or expected <
high prices
>
9. of relatively great importance: as a. foremost in rank, dignity, or standing <
high officials
>
b. serious, grave <
high crimes
>
c. observed with the utmost solemnity <
high religious observances
>
d. critical, climactic <
the high point of the novel
>
e. intellectually or artistically of the first order <
high culture
>
f. marked by sublime, heroic, or stirring events or subject matter <
high tragedy
>
<
high adventure
>
10. forcible, strong <
high winds
>
11. stressing matters of doctrine and ceremony; specifically High Church 12. a. filled with or expressing great joy or excitement <
high spirits
>
b. intoxicated; also excited or stupefied by or as if by a drug 13. articulated with some part of the tongue close to the palate <
a high vowel
>
Synonyms: high, tall, lofty mean above the average in height. high implies marked extension upward and is applied chiefly to things which rise from a base or foundation or are placed at a conspicuous height above a lower level <
a high hill
>
<
a high ceiling
>
. tall applies to what grows or rises high by comparison with others of its kind and usually implies relative narrowness <
a tall thin man
>
. lofty suggests great or imposing altitude <
lofty mountain peaks
>
. II. adverb Date: before 12th century 1. at or to a high place, altitude, level, or degree <
climbed higher
>
<
passions ran high
>
2. well, luxuriously — often used in the phrases high off the hog and high on the hog III. noun Date: 13th century 1. an elevated place or region: as a. hill, knoll b. the space overhead ; sky — usually used with on c. heaven — usually used with on 2. a region of high barometric pressure — called also anticyclone 3. a. a high point or level ; height <
sales reached a new high
>
b. the transmission gear of a vehicle (as an automobile) giving the highest speed of travel 4. a. an excited, euphoric, or stupefied state produced by or as if by a drug b. a state of elation or high spirits

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  • High — High, a. [Compar. {Higher}; superl. {Highest}.] [OE. high, hegh, hey, heh, AS. he[ a]h, h?h; akin to OS. h?h, OFries. hag, hach, D. hoog, OHG. h?h, G. hoch, Icel. h?r, Sw. h[ o]g, Dan. h[ o]i, Goth. hauhs, and to Icel. haugr mound, G. h[ u]gel… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • High — High, adv. In a high manner; in a high place; to a great altitude; to a great degree; largely; in a superior manner; eminently; powerfully. And reasoned high. Milton. I can not reach so high. Shak. [1913 Webster] Note: High is extensively used in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • high — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of great vertical extent. 2) of a specified height. 3) far above ground or sea level. 4) extending above the normal level. 5) great in amount, value, size, or intensity. 6) (of a period or movement) at its peak. 7) great in r …   English terms dictionary

  • high — [hī] adj. [ME heigh, hei, hie < OE heah, akin to Ger hoch, Goth hauhs < IE * keuk < base * keu , to curve, arch > Sans kakúd , peak, Russ kúča, heap] 1. of more than normal height; lofty; tall: not used of persons 2. extending upward… …   English World dictionary

  • high — high, tall, lofty mean above the average in height. High, the general term (opposed to low), implies marked extension upward and is applied chiefly to things which rise from a base or foundation {a high hill} {a high building} or are placed at a… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • High — High, n. 1. An elevated place; a superior region; a height; the sky; heaven. [1913 Webster] 2. People of rank or high station; as, high and low. [1913 Webster] 3. (Card Playing) The highest card dealt or drawn. [1913 Webster] {High, low, jack,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • high — high, highly High is used as an adverb to mean ‘far up, aloft’ and in figurative uses in which allusion to physical height is the metaphor: Most surfaces were piled high with magazines / The junior executive is aiming high / Feelings were running …   Modern English usage

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